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UAE elects first Federal National Council chairwoman

Dr Amal Abdullah Juma Karam Al Qubaisi is appointed in the 16th legislative chapter of the FNC

UAE elects first Federal National Council chairwoman
Dr. Amal Abdullah Juma Karam Al Qubaisi (Image Source: WAM)

The first woman from the UAE's inception in 1971 has been elected to chair the UAE Federal National Council, in the council’s historic vote on Wednesday.

Dr Amal Abdullah Juma Karam Al Qubaisi, an architect by profession, was appointed the council’s chairperson in the 16th legislative chapter of the UAE FNC, the UAE's partially elected representative body.

She was also the first woman to be elected to the UAE Federal National Council in 2006. Dr Al Qubaisi is now serving her third term as a FNC member.

The UAE leadership has been very supportive of inclusion of women in all echelons of society.

Four women hold ministerial positions in the Cabinet, including the position of Secretary-General of the Cabinet, three of the UAE's ambassadors, one Consul-General and the UAE's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York are women.

Four women have been appointed as judges, two as public prosecutors and 17 as assistant public prosecutors and marriage officials.

Women also serve in the armed forces, customs and police, and head important government entities, such as twofour54 media free zone, Tecom Business Park and Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority.

Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak has been tirelessly pursuing the empowerment of women since the formation of the General Women's Union (GWU) in 1975.

Sheikha Mubarak is also the Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

She launched the first Strategy for the Empowerment of Emirati Women in 2002, in cooperation with the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women and the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP.

In 2015, they updated to the strategy to cover the periods 2015 to 2021.